Once Around (1990)



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Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom made his American movie debut with this romantic comedy, starring Holly Hunter as Renata Bella, an aimless Bostonian thirtysomething who attends a seminar for aspiring condo salespersons. Here she meets hotshot salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), who immediately falls in love with her. After the marriage, Sam's well-meaning but obnoxious insistence on insinuating himself into every aspect of Renata's life rubs the rest of her family the wrong way. Though the script occasionally veers into both cliché and sentimentality, Once Around ends up a thoroughly charming experience, thanks to Hallstrom's knowing direction and the marvelous chemistry between Hunter and Dreyfuss.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Richard Dreyfuss
as Sam Sharp
Holly Hunter
as Renata Bella
Danny Aiello
as Joe Bella
Gena Rowlands
as Marilyn Bella
Roxanne Hart
as Gail Bella
Danton Stone
as Tony Bella
Tim Guinee
as Peter Hedges
Greg Germann
as Jim Redstone
Joan Gay
as Aunt
Myra Taylor
as Trainer #1
Michael Steve Jones
as Trainer #2
as Belly Dancer
Caroline Parton
as Honey Beach
Susanne Reed
as Young Jan Bella
John Bennes
as Minister
Archie Fallon
as Little Boy
William Wolkovich
as Lithuanian Priest
Dorothy Stevenson-Bigby
as Justice of the Peace
Allen A. Mele
as Roving Violinist
Barry Reed
as Young Joe Bella
Heather Reed
as Young Renata Bella
Susan Reed
as Young Jan Bella
Jonathan A. Cramer
as Young Tony Bella
Gerald A. Benullo
as Wedding Guest
Sal Ruffino
as Wedding Guest
Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble
as Lithuanian Dancer
Mandala Orchestra
as Lithuanian Musician
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

This rather overbearing romantic comedy is by no means a disaster.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Ethnic romances from Abie's Irish Rose to Moonstruck have traveled similar ground, but few have handled the role of family in a marriage more poignantly than Once Around.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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On the whole Once Around is strangely enervating, proof that family problems -- even those of fictional families -- are often best kept behind closed doors.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

There is no there there, just the dead red glow of the beckoning Exit light.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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The first movie in a long time to leave me speechless.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dreyfuss and Hunter can't save what is a sappy and grating melodrama.

July 12, 2007
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Once Around

Any critic that pans this should never write another review! Hands down the most romantic and sensitive Rom-com ever put to film! Ken K.

ken karlson
ken karlson

An interesting and believable cast of characters. Yet Sam's character (Dreyfuss) never made sense to me, and he exuded a fakeness that made me unsympathetic to his travails and constantly waiting for the sales pitch.

Lindsay Wilson
Lindsay Wilson

I was hoping for better from one of my favorite actors, Richard Dreyfus. But unfortunately it wasn't that memorable of a film...

David Novak
David Novak

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